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American Road, The (Part II)


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Shows development of transportation in the United States during the first half of the 20th century, emphasizing growth of automobile industry, roads and highways.


Run time 0:08:36
Sponsor Ford Motor Company
Audio/Visual sound, B&W

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Reviewer: basurama - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2008
Subject: Hi Res
The film is quite interesting and we want to use it or a film talking about industrial development, and Ford is the key for massive production.

We are not able to download the hires film. Does anybod can help us?
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 21, 2003
Subject: Car talk
Quite an informative background on the birth of the Amercian car. From Henry Ford's invention of the quadracycle, to the birth of the assembly line to the impact it had on the American way of life. The reenactments blend in with the stock footage so well that it's hard to differtiate what's what. This is quite an educational film.
Reviewer: Roland Deschain - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2003
Subject: The history of automobiles by Ford continues...
Part II of this documentary continues more on a straight line than the prior, starting off explaining the problems faced by poor roads and the subsequent road development that took place.

More comical in parts now (and worse off for it), a lot of the storytelling makes way for what seems to be a very long advertisement for the Model T. Some great lines are said; to paraphrase one, "it not only saves you time, it gives you a way to spend the time you save". It's so consistant that after watching I almost want a Model T.

There's some scary footage this time around. A guy feeds a bear some food from the 'safety' of his automobile and footage of people taking the Model T places where cars should just not go.

It picks up again pointing out the sociological affect of larger boundaries for everybody; you were no longer longer confined to the one environment and could travel anywhere and still make it back home in no time at all. This is something that you'd never think if you are anybody who didn't experience the change at the time - this part alone made it worth watching.

Toward the end it slides into advertising mode for Ford again, but gives you a good idea of how far they had come since you saw Henry Ford working away on his first car in Part I.
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